SUPPORT THE FILM

 

As we enter the post-production stage of our project, 100% of funding will go toward acquiring music rights, sound editing, color correction, film festival entry fees, and other promotional and post-productions needs. 

Our film will not be possible without the help from contributors.

We want to share with viewers the intimacy with Baja that we experience, and in doing so express how crucial it is to understand and preserve this ecologically, historically, and culturally significant and unique region. 

Contributors will play a key role in sharing the film's message and joining the conversation our film establishes. We want nothing more than to stir in viewers the crew's same passion and regard for Baja and to make a difference in its future. 

 We greatly appreciate any and all contributions, and we're excited that contributors will be part of this incredible expedition.


If you can't contribute financially to the campaign, here are other ways you can help:

  • Sponsorship or endorsement is greatly appreciated and will give the film credibility and exposure to wider audiences.
  • 100% of proceeds from our webstore go toward funding the film. Our stickers, hats, totes, t-shirts, and hoodies make great holiday gifts!
  • Please share our project with friends, family, and others that may be interested in the film's themes, purpose, or message. 
  • Talk about our film on your Facebook page, your Instagram account, and in your Twitter feed. Help us spread the word by liking us on Facebook, following us on Instagram and Twitter, and giving our YouTube videos a thumbs up!
  • Donations in kind will be accepted.

THE FILM

The Devil's Road is very multifaceted. It is part historical documentary, a re-telling of Baja's natural history, highlighting the significant work both Nelson and Goldman did in this region, in a time when very little was known about Baja. We will be documenting 110-plus years of change on the peninsula, looking at its environmental, economic, and cultural implications. The film is also part journey through several crew members' family history, as three of the frontrunners of the film are directly related to Edward A. Goldman. 

At its core, The Devil's Road is an adventure film and travel narrative that aims to entertain viewers, while also being educational, raising awareness about, and paying homage to a uniquely beautiful and inspiring place that is quickly becoming tarnished by the human footprint. 

 

THE PRELIMINARY EXPEDITION

Serving as a proof-of-concept for the main expedition, the crew completed a two-week preliminary expedition in May of 2016. Our producer, director, and scientific director explored and documented five islands (off both the Sea of Cortez and Pacific coasts) that Nelson and Goldman visited in 1905 and 1906. The team was able to complete this preliminary expedition on a micro budget and a limited timeframe. The result was a series of the five "episodes" below.

We were all fascinated by the changes that have occurred over the last century, and this has further motivated the crew to embark on the main expedition. But we can't do it without your help.

The crew spent many hours at the Smithsonian Institution sifting through and scanning most of the photographs, documents, and other treasures found in the archives that belonged to Nelson and Goldman. This is an important historical aspect of the film, as Nelson and Goldman had ties to president Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and other historical and scientific figures.

It is our goal to incite the crew's passion about Baja in viewers, create excitement about the film’s message and its content, and produce a visually stunning film. We hope the film will resonate within viewers, and spark a desire to preserve Baja for future generations. 

 

CONTRIBUTOR'S IMPACT

Contributors make all the difference in our film.

We have a strong hold on the film and expedition treatment and the accomplishments we aim to achieve while on the expedition, using Nelson and Goldman's original route and their findings as a guide.

However, none of this will happen without help from contributors, sponsors, and supporters. No contribution is too small; every bit helps get us closer to completing this project. 

Not only is this project important to the film's crew members, but our film has much larger, global implications. We want to share with viewers the intimacy with Baja that we experience, and in doing so express how crucial it is to understand and preserve this ecologically, historically, and culturally significant and unique region. 

Contributors will play a key role in sharing the film's message and joining the conversation our film establishes. We want nothing more than to stir in viewers the crew's same passion and regard for Baja and to make a difference in its future. 

 

RISKS & CHALLENGES

Making a documentary film is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. The Baja desert is a rugged, inhospitable, and sometimes dangerous place.

Road conditions will be poor, riding conditions will be taxing, and the crew is bound to face challenges with engine troubles and any number of obstacles. 

Yet despite the formidable Baja terrain, raising money to film and outfit the expedition, conduct post-production operations, and promote the film before, during, and after it's completion will be among our biggest challenges. 

 

THE CREW

The Broken Wagon Films crew has over one hundred years of combined experience exploring the Baja Peninsula and surrounding area as naturalists, educators, watermen, and extreme adventurers. The crew members, each with their diverse and valuable backgrounds, bring a unique perspective and skill set to the project, a key factor in helping us overcome the risks and challenges of making a documentary of this nature. 

SEE FULL CREW BIOS

 

PERKS FOR CONTRIBUTORS

All contributors will receive mention in the film credits, a personal thank you from the Broken Wagon Films crew, special thanks on our website, and a digital download of the film.